A 17-year-old boy accused of fatally capturing his father, stepmother, two teenage family and a 19-year-old pregnant girl within the household’s Indianapolis house has been charged with six counts of homicide in reference to the slayings, prosecutors introduced Thursday.
Raymond Ronald Lee Childs III, who was arrested Monday, was charged as an adult with six counts of homicide, together with one rely for the demise of the girl’s unborn baby, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears introduced at a information convention. The child had been attributable to be born in a single week, Mears mentioned.
Childs additionally faces an tried homicide cost within the wounding of one other relative, a male juvenile who was the only real survivor of Sunday’s capturing on the household’s house on Indianapolis’ close to northeast facet, authorities mentioned. He was additionally charged with one rely of carrying a handgun and not using a license.
Indiana state regulation specifies that any particular person at the least 16 years previous shall be charged as an grownup if they’re accused of committing sure felonies, together with homicide and tried homicide.
Mears mentioned that earlier than the shootings, Raymond Childs III had a dispute along with his father, 42-year-old Raymond Childs. “It actually seems there was an argument between father and son within the residence,” Mears mentioned, including that police are nonetheless investigating the nature of that dispute.
The elder Raymond Childs, his spouse Kezzie Childs, 42, and two different family — Elijah Childs, 18, and Rita Childs, 13 — had been pronounced useless together with Kiara Hawkins, 19, after being discovered within the house, the Marion County Coroner’s workplace mentioned.
Police obtained a report of an individual shot simply earlier than 4 a.m. Sunday in Indianapolis, in keeping with a press launch from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD). Officers arrived to discover a juvenile male — the suspect’s brother — close to the house with what seemed to be gunshot wounds, police and the report mentioned.
“They killed my household,” he mentioned, in keeping with local affiliate FOX 59.
The surviving teenage sufferer later instructed investigators the suspect, his brother, was in hassle along with his father, who was scolding him for going someplace with out asking his mother and father first, in keeping with the report.
The younger sufferer, when found by police on Sunday, had pointed officers inside the house, the place they discovered 5 individuals who had been shot and killed.
Responders rushed Kiara Hawkins to a neighborhood hospital, however neither she nor “Child Boy Hawkins” might be saved, police and the report mentioned. Mears mentioned Hawkins was in a relationship with somebody who lived on the house.
The boy who officers encountered exterior was additionally taken to the hospital, the place he’s anticipated to outlive. He reportedly instructed detectives he was downstairs along with his mother and father after they heard gunshots, adopted by his sister screaming, “He shot them,” in keeping with FOX 59. Extra photographs rang out after that.
The suspect then “got here down the steps with a draco gun, a handgun that shoots rifle rounds, and began capturing,” in keeping with the report.
Because the boy ran out of the house, his brother allegedly chased after him and fired extra photographs.
The Related Press contributed to this report.